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Explanation in Ethics and Mathematics: Debunking and Dispensability

Uri D. Leibowitz and Neil Sinclair

Abstract

How far should our realism extend? For many years philosophers of mathematics and philosophers of ethics have worked independently to address the question of how best to understand the entities apparently referred to by mathematical and ethical talk. But the similarities between their endeavours are not often emphasized. This book provides that emphasis. In particular, it focuses on two types of argumentative strategies deployed in both areas. The first aims to put pressure on realism by emphasizing the redundancy of mathematical or moral entities when it comes to explaining our judgements. In ... More

Keywords: debunking, indispensability, mathematical objects, moral properties, realism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198778592
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778592.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Uri D. Leibowitz, editor
University of Nottingham

Neil Sinclair, editor
University of Nottingham